Geography reading list


An overview

“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?” - Michael Palin.


The study of Geography at Villiers High School explores our rapidly changing world and helps our students to develop an interest in places, near and far. We aim  to develop their critical thinking  skills and encourage them to ask questions and to make sense of the physical and human factors that shape our Earth. We foster an interest in the environment and discuss   issues surrounding sustainability. As such, students explore their own responsibility towards the care of the planet and its people. Geographers are multi-talented individuals and students can make full use of their global heritage and experiences during their studies.


Key stage 3

At KS3 they will develop a wide variety of skills including written and oral communication, research and investigation, presentation skills, including the use of ICT, teamwork, decision making, problem-solving and self-management. They will practice their map and atlas skills and also improve their levels of numeracy.

We use a range of activities including role plays, mysteries,, presentations, games and puzzles and fieldwork.


Students study the following topics


Year 7

  1. Map work and atlas skills

  2. Settlements

  3. Rivers

  4. Africa


Year 8

  1. Earthquakes and Volcanoes

  2. Weather and climate

  3. Asia

  4. Coasts


Year 9

  1. Development

  2. Water

  3. Climate change

  4. Population changes


Key Stage 4


Geography is a popular course at GCSE level.

Students study the AQA(1-9) course.

There are 3 units of study,: Students take part in two days of fieldwork as part of the course.